|Dan McInturff, Rabun Flea Market, Rabun Gap, Georgia|
I started on a new project called American Flea. I traveled to four different flea markets in rural North Carolina and Georgia shooting portraits of vendors and customers. I'm very excited about the results and plan to continue the project for the foreseeable future. I met unusual and interesting people and recording their faces and hearing their stories is a great experience.
|Shannon Pyle, Uncle Bill's Flea Market, Whittier, North Carolina|
The biggest surprise to me is that, at the urging of my wife and daughter, I started writing again. Fifteen years ago I started writing a novel. I got fifty or sixty pages into it before life got in the way and I put it down. While at Hambidge, I went at it again and wrote over forty new pages. I figured out several important plot points and I hope to be able to continue on it in a more timely fashion now.
It's kind of amazing what you can accomplish when you have no cell service or television and the only internet connection is a quarter of a mile away. And it's great fun to be reminded that I still have something to say.
Oh, one more thing. Today is my birthday. I've realized that being in my sixties doesn't suck.
|"Uncle" Bill Seay, Uncle Bill's Flea Market, Whittier, North Carolina|